Countering Islamophobia Through the Development of Best Practice in the use of Counter-Narratives in EU Member States

Sunday, 01/01/2017

Development of a toolkit for countering Islamophobia and language of hate in Media in EU Member States.

Start date: 2017

End date: 2019

Research Program: JUSTICE/2015/RRAC/AG

The overall aim of the project is to produce a toolkit of counter-narratives to Islamophobia, building on an assessment of the range and content of counter-narratives to Muslim hatred and hostility in 8 national case study contexts and their application, operation and impact on prevailing narratives of hate and hostility. This project will:
• Categorise prevailing current narratives of Muslim hatred, identify their key elements and interlocking contextual environments employing the Domination Hate Model of Intercultural Relations (Islamic Human Rights Commission 2016),
• Categorise current counter-narratives to Muslim hatred and assess their changing dynamics and context,
• Examine the application and operation of identified counter-narratives in a selected range of discursive environments and their impact and influence on public opinion and specific audiences,
• Produce one transferable EU toolkit of best practice in the use of counter-narratives to Muslim hatred and specific key messages for 8 member states,
• Disseminate the key messages, findings and toolkits to policy makers, professionals and practitioners both across the EU and to member/regional audiences using a range of mediums and activities,
• Facilitate a process of knowledge exchange and a pathway to impact for toolkit utilisation.



  • University of Leeds (UK)
  • University of Liege (BE)
  • Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK)
  • Charles University (CZ)
  • Central European University (HU)
  • University of Coimbra (P)